Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua and the main hub for business and transportation in Nicaragua. Managua is often viewed as an arrival and transfer point as visitors make their way to other points in Nicaragua; however, the capital city is chock full of attractions worthy of exploration. A Points of interest in Managua are largely located within the downtown area and can be easily enjoyed in an afternoon for those short on time. Travelers with a more ample schedule should take advantage of the sights including the excellent restaurants, the new waterfront area, and the city’s popular nightlife.
For daytime activities, travelers can head to Plaza de la Revolución for access to historical landmarks including the Casa Presidencial; the Palacio Nacional de Cultura, which houses Nicaragua’s national museum; and Parque Ruben Dario, which honors Nicaragua’s most famous poet. The new waterfront development at Salvador Allende offers visitors an array of restaurants, bars, museums, picnic huts, water park and basketball courts. There is also a day boat that leaves from Allende and tours Lake Managua, taking visitors around the lake and to the “Island of Love,” which is said to be where couples from rival families in the 19th century would secretly meet.
For nature and adventure nearby, Managua has three important natural reserves: the Chiltepe Peninsula with two volcanic lagoons, the Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve, and the Montibelli Natural Reserve, where travelers can camp out and enjoy the waterfalls.